Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.
Scripture Reading: Luke 5:5-7
Today is known as Workers’ Day. On this day the church commemorates the Feast of St. Joseph, the Worker. As we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker/Workers’ Day, we pray for workers and those seeking jobs. In a special way we prayerfully remember those workers who have being deprived of their wages, and those working under unjust conditions of labour. We pray for divine abundance on just employers, we pray for the spirit of entrepreneurship and financial breakthrough on our youth. We also encourage you, beloved child of God not to be ashamed of any good work that can put food on your table; knowing that all good work well-done gives glory to God. Catholic Social Teaching holds that work is dignified and an intrinsic good, and workers must always be respected and valued. Jesus became “like us in all things, devoted most of the years of His life on earth to manual work at the carpenter’s bench” (Saint John Paul II – Laborem Exercens, On Human Work). Work must be undertaken responsibly and labourers treated well. This includes how we approach the work we do, what it is we do with our work and how employers treat their employees. From our Bible passage today, Peter had worked all through the night without Jesus and was tired and frustrated, but when he allowed Jesus into his fishing business and obeyed God’s word, his business began to be fruitful. Note that when the harvest become great, he invited his neighbour to join him. This teaches us that when you have more than you need, you should build a bigger table, not a higher fence. St. Paul, says, “Surely you recall, brothers, our labour and toil. We worked night and day so that we would not be a burden to anyone while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.” (1 Thessalonians 2:9). Brethren we must work; no one should be idle. If no one employs you, employ yourself. God is willing and waiting to bless the work of your hands. We must be diligent in our work; we must not allow our work to hinder our relationship with Jesus. We must bring Jesus into our work. Make your work a means of evangelization, and make biblical injections your business/company principle of operations. Beloved in Christ, doing excellent work with a good attitude is the right thing to do, and it is an excellent way to let our light shine on a hill so others may see it.
Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145:10-11.12-13ab.21 (R.12a); Accl Lk 24:46,26; Gosp Jn 14:27-31a OR Mass of the Memorial Gen 1:26-2:3 OR Col 3:14-15.17.23-24; Ps 90:2.3-4.12-13.14 and 16 (R. 17c); Accl Ps 68:19; Gosp Mt 13:54-58 St Joseph The Worker
1. Ask for mercy and forgiveness for the times you valued goods and services over your workers.
2. Worker’s Prayer: My Lord, Jesus Christ I offer You, this day, all my work, my hope and struggles, my joys and sorrows. Lord Jesus Christ, Carpenter of Nazareth, may Your kingdom come into our offices, our factories and shops, into our homes and our streets. Give us this day a living wage, that we be able to meet our needs and of those around us. Help us to never sin against You by our works, in the name of Jesus.
Exercise: Do not be idle, begin something today.
Meditation: 2 Corinthians 11:27.